Projectors used to be a premium proposition. So, just how good is one costing less than £500?
One thing’s for certain, the X9 cuts a diminutive figure compared to many of its rivals. It’s truly portable and boasts a short-throw ratio to match, capable of displaying a picture from 1m to 12m from the screen, depending on how big an image you want.
The X9’s versatility extends to its ability to throw an image from a tabletop, ceiling or the rear of the room, while set-up is fairly simple.
No full HD
Unsurprisingly, considering the price, this DLP projector doesn’t have a Full HD resolution, settling for 1280x720, but you can send 1080p/24fps HD video content via the HDMI connection.
Elsewhere there’s one of each when it comes to standard video connections – component, S-Video and composite are all here – and InFocus claims a 2500:1 contrast ratio alongside a brightness of 1800 lumens.
The credit card-sized remote doesn’t have a backlight and even with the lights up we found ours a little unresponsive unless we got the angle to the sensor spot on. You might also find the X9 a tad noisy – though at the price, it’s probably not worth quibbling.
Bright and vibrant
With Blu-rays, the image delivers a decent sense of three-dimensionality, with bold, brighter hues delivered with punch. Edges are drawn reasonably firmly and the overall image has good sharpness, with only fast action scenes causing a slight loss of clarity.
That said, the InFocus X9 lacks acute attention to detail, while contrast levels are also less impressive than its more-expensive peers.
Nevertheless, InFocus’ X9 projector is a clever little unit and if you’re on a very tight budget, or want something that’s versatile and can work in a smaller room, we’re more than happy to suggest you investigate it.
InFocus X9 review
Small but perfectly formed, the X9 isn’t for everyone but if you’re pushed for space and money, it’s a fine solution